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Growing Madison Seeks BRT

Besides addressing mobility needs, activists hope a new transit option will make more of the city accessible for the disabled.
February 4, 2019, 7am PST | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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Madison, Wisconsin is growing. Regional Transportation Planner David Trowbridge says the city needs funding for Bus Rapid Transit to keep up with the city's increasing population. "Madison is currently transitioning from a mid-sized city to a large city, and if investments in transit are not made now, the city will suffer from congestion," according to an article by Molly Devore.

The city of Madison's Metro Transit and the Madison Area Transit Planning Board are already working on a "Madison East-West BRT Planning Study." 

"As explained on BRT’s website, the transit line is a high frequency, limited-stop transit system that is faster and can transport more riders than current buses. Furthermore, BRT uses dedicated lanes to avoid traffic and would compliment Madison’s current metro system," explains Devore.

Activists from the disabled community want the service to be more accommodating for the disabled, Devore reports. “According to their website, BRT is currently planning on leveling and widening boarding platforms and improving accessibility by adding additional doorways."

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Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in Badger Herald
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